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Software Engineer

Starfish Space

Starfish Space

Software Engineering
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2023

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Starfish Space is a fast-growing space startup in Seattle, Washington founded by former Blue Origin and NASA engineers. We are giving life to on-orbit services with our Otter servicing vehicle. We have raised over $22M in venture funding to-date, and have been recognized by NASA and the US Space Force.

This summer, we’re launching our Otter Pup demonstration mission to space. This will be the first-ever docking between two commercial satellites in Low Earth Orbit, and the first satellite docking ever using electric propulsion (view a video overview of Otter Pup here: Throughout 2023, we’ll be focused on ensuring a successful Otter Pup mission, as well as continuing development of our full-scale Otter servicing vehicle.

Position Description

Satellite servicing missions require spacecraft capable of autonomous, robotic operations in orbit. To fulfill our mission, Starfish is developing the Otter servicing vehicle with various core software technologies to conduct relative navigation and to execute autonomous guidance and control. These software products are developed and tested in simulation environments, and must execute on top of complex vehicle software stacks. This position will build software infrastructure to support the development of autonomous space systems and write flight software to ensure algorithms run properly on board satellites. This role will involve everything ranging from building cloud infrastructure, to automating simulation analysis, to integrating with satellite compute hardware.


  • Must be a US person (citizen or permanent resident)
  • Willing to work from Tukwila, Washington
  • Capable of working a dynamic, fast paced startup environment
  • B.S. degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering or similar field
  • Working knowledge of Python and C++

Desired Experience

  • Working knowledge of cloud compute platforms and tools such as Kubernetes and Docker
  • Working knowledge of writing software for a variety of different compute hardware and architectures
  • Previous experience with numerical simulations

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.